In this day and age, you can find a Skills Trainer/Developer on almost any block in the neighborhood. It has gotten to the point that if you have a camera, a basketball, maybe some cones or tennis balls, and someone to workout, you’re now an “elite” skills trainer.
Most of the time, the “fakes” fade out. But from time to time, I run into the gym and see a guy pelting tennis balls at some kid and think, “This guy is literally stealing money from this person…”.
There have been a few guys that I’ve seen in the DMV area that I have really grown to respect for their grind and passion for Skill Development. One is Paul Easton.
I met Paul Easton during my time as an Assistant Coach with the Marymount Univeristy Men’s Basketball Program (DIII). Paul would utilize the facilities to work out some of his former players, as well as younger kids, local high school players, and current college/pro players. One of the reasons I’m a big fan of Paul’s is that he utilizes drills that incorporate “game-like” situations/movements/actions while still harping on the fundamentals and skill portion to basketball development. Over the past year or so, he has built quite the resume in the DMV working out players such as Melo Trimble (Maryland), Tristan Spurlock (NBA Development League), Jason Clark (G’Town, Professional in Turkey), and Obi Enechionyia (Temple)… To name a few.
For more information on Paul, please visit his website: http://www.drillsandskillsbball.com/photos-and-videos/